Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unwilling to state facts or opinions simply and directly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Using soft words; not straightforward; plausible; affectedly or timidly delicate of speech; speaking deviously; unwilling to tell the truth in plain language. Opposite of frank or blunt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Speaking cautiously or warily; not saying plainly what is meant; using too much caution or reserve in speech, as from timidity or hypocrisy; hence, soft-spoken; given to the use of soft or honeyed words; hypocritical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy
  • adj. hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy

Etymologies

Possibly from German Mehl im Maule behalten via Martin Luther (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.